Drawing on the resources developed by Youth Theatre Ireland and Youth Theatre Arts Scotland (YTAS), DYT launched its own Young Critics programme in 2019. DYT members benefit from workshops in the critique of theatre performance before attending professional productions in Dublin. After attending performances, they produce their own response and critique to the production in their chosen medium. The Young Critics programme emphasises critical thinking and an awareness of the aesthetics of theatre, while highlighting the contributions of each department to a production.
In 2020 the DYT Young Critics went online with facilitator Alan King leading the second annual DYT Young Critics Programme via Zoom. They viewed the online presentatino of Gúna Nua’s Bread Not Profits.
We are delighted to return to in-person theatre in autumn 2021 with What Did I Miss? at the Ark and Once Before I Go at the Gate.
Member Ruairí Phelan wrote the following in response to viewing Citysong at the Abbey Theatre in June 2019: